Flight 7 is Missing: The Search For My Father’s Killer
by Ken H. Fortenberry
Dubbed by The New York Times as one of the “most vexing and unexplained” mysteries in aviation history, the crash of Pan American World Airways Flight 7 in November 1957 resulted in 44 deaths and remains officially unsolved to this day.
But Ken H. Fortenberry, an award-winning journalist whose father was the copilot and navigator aboard the ill-fated plane, has devoted nearly sixty years of his life to unraveling this cold-case mystery, and has come to a staggering conclusion: that the victims of the crash were murdered.
A remarkably researched book packed with information and emotion, Flight 7 Is Missing: The Search for My Father’s Killer is a gripping page-turner that reads like a fast-paced murder mystery. Join Fortenberry on his crusade as he tirelessly tracks down every possible lead and eventually exposes the person he believes responsible for this tragic crime.
My thoughts: This book took me some contortions to get through, not due to any fault of the book itself. Its just my weird sleep disorder has been a real bear lately. I did a lot of re-reading, forgetting the story, and taking longer and longer breaks from it. This intrepid son was determined to find an answer to what happened, if it took until his last breath. You have to admire that kind of dedication to his love for his father. Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author Ken Fortenberry, and the publisher.
Publisher: Fayetteville Mafia Press – 361 pages
Publication: May 19th, 2020
My rating: 4/5 STARS
About the author– A nationally recognized journalist and author, Ken H. Fortenberry spent more than 40 years in the newspaper business and personally earned more than 200 state, regional and national awards for excellence in journalism before his retirement in 2014. His directed newspaper coverage of child molesters teaching in public schools won the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, the Society of Professional Journalists’ (Sigma Delta Chi) Bronze Medallion for Public Service, and the national Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) award for investigative reporting. In 1987 millions of Americans were introduced to his work when he was featured on the CBS News program “60 Minutes,” the NBC “Today” show and profiled in the New York Times for his courageous reporting of corruption in a South Carolina sheriff’s office that resulted in explosions being set off at his home. He later wrote about his experiences in the critically acclaimed non-fiction book Kill the Messenger, published by Peachtree Publishers, and optioned several times for a TV movie. A Miami native now living in the mountains of North Carolina, he is the coauthor of two investigative stories about the crash of Pan American Flight 7 in the Air and Space Magazine, and is the father of five and the grandfather of eight.